Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… The second season of the popular podcast Serial was released Thursday and will tackle the story of Bowe Bergdahl. We’re a little disappointed, since we were hoping the show would take on the unsolved mystery of where Jeb Bush’s supporters have vanished to.
‘16 from 30,000
A brand-spanking new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives us the best perspective yet on who is for and against Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. As you might expect, there is a sharp divide between the parties, with 42 percent of Republicans supporting the proposal and 75 percent of Democrats opposing it. And overall, nearly six-in-ten Americans oppose it. But most interesting is that these numbers tell us who is most likely to support the ban -- generally those who live in rural America and have a high school education or less. Sixty-six percent of those polled with a college degree oppose it, and 81 percent of those with a post-grad degree are against it. The takeaway is that the more you know about Islam and the more likely you are to live near Muslims, the less likely you are to support Trump’s proposal.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Influential Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats endorsed Ted Cruz, NBC’s Danny Freeman reports.
- Donald Trump is ‘postponing’ his trip to Israel and his planned meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli prime minister criticized his comments about Muslims.
- NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports that Ted Cruz wouldn’t respond to questions about a behind-closed-doors comment he “may or may not have” made about Trump’s judgement.
- Chris Christie is dealing with more blowback from New Hampshire gun groups.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READ OF THE DAY
Some liberal and Muslim advocacy organizations say Hillary Clinton is “sending mixed messages” on Islamophobia, MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reports.
FOR THE RECORD…
“I wouldn’t urinate on him if he was on fire.”
A Donald Trump supporters feelings about President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post.
Hillary Clinton will hold a campaign rally in deep red Oklahoma.
Donald Trump and Ben Carson campaign in Iowa.
And it’s a busy day in New Hampshire with Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul all in the state.